Still Time to Plan a Romantic Escape!
It is always a good time to take your mate away for a few days. Sometimes it’s to be alone without the kids, sometimes to get away from work, but as often it is just nice to be somewhere other than home, a special treat, where you can simply enjoy each other’s company and refresh.
Of course weather is a consideration in many areas, but even then there is fun and adventure to be found for a unique escape.
This year, why not consider a different sort of getaway. Use you imagination…think about your loved one’s favorite things…
Enjoy the outdoors? Consider these possibilities:
Have you ever gone glamping? Get away, enjoy the outdoors but in a luxury tent. A delightful romantic getaway that can make you think you are alone in the wilderness.
Or visit a lodge in one of the national parks. Most of us have a national park or two around. Reserve a spot at the Ahwanee in Yosemite (though I hear that requires a year in advance), stay in a cozy cabin—preferably without a television. Hot or cold, the parks are beautiful and offer activities of some sort year round.
Feeling sun deprived? Consider a quick visit to a rental condo in Florida, San Diego, or Palm Springs. Dry out, warm up, perhaps even lay by the pool.
Or, since it’s snowing anyway, why not go snowboarding or skiing, with the lovely evenings sitting in front of a warm fireplace with a glass of wine or an Irish coffee. Better yet, go for an evening snowmobile ride at the end of the day.
Need pampering in the cold weather?
Some of my favorite escapes have only been an hour or two away. You don’t have to go far to feel like you are in another world. Especially for a shorter trip, it can be nice to spend less time driving and more time relaxing. You may be surprised at how much there is to do that you don’t make the time for from home. Walk on the beach, hike in the forest, snowshoe, or visit an art gallery.
How about a spa weekend at a nearby resort hotel? Get a couples massage, enjoy the warmth of the sauna and jacuzzi.
Pick a nearby city, like Portland or Seattle and reserve a hotel in the middle of town. Portland is a perfect choice to me. Everyone walks every where or hops on the Max. It’s a great town to wander, visiting specialty stores like Keen’s shoes, Whole foods. Much of it is packed within a few blocks, making it easy to wander and incredibly fun. I’m not a city person but always enjoy a trip to Portland. Not sure what to do? They offer walking tours to show you around. Enjoy an exquisite dinner, or snack at the food trucks you’ll find there. Perhaps you would prefer room service for a quiet dinner for two.
It doesn’t have to be a big city either. It can be a small town in wine country or a bed and breakfast on the lake. Simply think what would sound ‘away’ to you and the one you love.
Trip Advisor can help with most plans you might want to make. Compare prices, locations, even activities, all in one place. I bet you will be surprised at your options.
Enjoy history? Explore a city like Savannah, Georgia, or San Antonio, Texas. Cruise around the little gold mining towns outside of Sacramento, California. Every state has a fascinating history. We have seen such remarkable changes in our lifestyles over the last one hundred years. It’s a good chance to learn what it was like, while relaxing with each other.
Feel like something different?
Take the train to the Grand Canyon and stay in the lodge. Fly over the grand canyon in a helicopter while you are there.
Here in the Pac NW, you might enjoy island hopping in the San Juan Islands on the ferry, on a three day weekend cruise like this one.
In other areas, you can enjoy a weekend cruise out of the southern states.
Rent a little cabin in the mountains you’ve been wanting to visit, or a beach house on the coast to listen to the waves. You can find all sorts of vacation rentals right here.
If you can get away for a weekend, go for it. Enjoy the time together—turn off the phones if you dare. Even in you only have the night, a sweet escape away from home is a refreshing break anytime. It makes you feel special. It allows you to relax without housework or business making you feel guilty.
Getting reacquainted away from the every day hustle is important to any relationship.